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Album Review

Putting the name of the genre right there in the name of the album is a bold move. While it helps record-store clerks file the CD correctly, it also means you'd better be good at whatever genre label it is you're adopting or, as in this case, naming. Fortunately, MC Frontalot happens to be the best there is at what he does, and what he does is rap about being a Poindexter. Nerdcore Rising is not only the fledgling nerdcore hip-hop subgenre's defining statement and manifesto, but its best release. This album alone is the argument for why people who played Dungeons & Dragons should be not only allowed, but encouraged to rap. Abandoning the blatantly unauthorized samples hijacked from the likes of Fiona Apple and Clyde Stubblefield that he attributed to DJ CPU in his demos, with Nerdcore Rising Frontalot has found a producing partner (and occasional keyboardist) in Baddd Spellah and a crew of likeminded geeks to fill in on drums, bass, tuba, and other instruments. This musical accompaniment is tilted to suit the subject matter so that "Goth Girls," which is about being too uncool to date girls in black, has eerie cello and washes of dirgey guitar, while "Pron Song" has appropriately glitchy beats for a tune about being addicted to Interrnet pornography. As well as quirky topics like those, Frontalot's also capable of tackling more mundane rap fare, although it's done in his personal style. After Public Enemy's Revolverlution track "Son of a Bush," there were plenty of MCs ready to take political potshots over the Iraq War, but their earnest sentiments were often couched in naïve imagery. Frontalot's "Special Delivery" is a remedy to that, a political track that makes its points with intellect rather than resorting to vague conspiracy theories. "Braggadocio" is a boast track in which he compares himself to the Karate Kid and claims "I stand 77 feet tall/I got eight balls/All y'all are subject to my thrall/I act appalled/When in receipt of less than the highest honor/Someday I'll be both revered and passé, like Madonna." If rap fandom can take the endless boasting, thuggery, cosmic ramblings, booty worship, gun talk, and revolution talk of traditional hip-hop seriously, Nerdcore Rising makes a solid case they should add self-deprecating geekishness to that list of encouraged subjects.

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godfather of nerdcore

"Never has a little boy sat so alone at his computer and busted out such inconceivably thick rhymes. MC Frontalot has tapped the zeitgeist. It is with good reason that he is so very famous and rich." —Noam Chomsky Well, maybe not that far but Frontalot is truly fun stuff that speaks to me. I've been sliding off music for the past couple of years. I've been getting back into it a little bit but not much has really been exciting. Then I stumbled across a mention of Frontalot on slashdot. Looking it up, I became immediately addicted. Sad as it may seem, the material really resonates. I struggle a bit with using the word 'resonate', because it seems like you should only use that word in conjunction with life-threatening events masquerading as nostalgia. Yet, there it is. I gamed. I made fun of people who played Magic. I remembered my parents listening to disco and r&b records growing up. I had an Atari 800xl. I'm friends with people who inhabit sci-fi conventions. I've lusted after goth girls, and I think about getting older. Oh yeah, and I've downloaded porn in my lifetime. So yeah, frontalot's stuff resonates. Anyways, good stuff. And remember - he's not parody, just really funny.

Nerdcore's Staying!

The style and flow of MC Frontalot aren’t easy to swallow at first as far as the Nerdcore genre is concerned but he is for sure the grandfather/pioneer/most influential player in the nerdcore scene today. His 2005 album Nerdcore Rising has been the only album I have allowed my ipod/itunes play for the past week I have owned the album. I can’t put it down. Every song is extremely catchy and addictive. I rarely buy and album and listen to it first track to last without skipping songs but there isn’t a song on this album that I don’t enjoy. I listened to it beginning to end the moment I bought it then when it ended, started it over from track 1 again. This album is an ESSENTIAL album for any nerdcore fan, or self proclaimed nerd in general. Personal Favorite tracks: ALL OF THEM but my 5 most played according to itunes are Nerdcore Rising Crime Spree Charity Chase This Old Man Penny Arcade Theme


Coming str8 out of nerdom flexing all his L337 and ha><0><0r skillz, MC Frontalot drops rhymes that boggle the mind. Charity Case an ode to the scripting kiddies running the dirty underbelly of mIRC is great. All that can be said about this CD is N3RDS UNITE! You now have a soundtrack to the life you live. Beware the DDoS attacks Jay-Z and Eminem were coming to get you!


Born: December 3, 1973 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

As Chuck D of Public Enemy memorably put it, "Hip-hop is the CNN of the ghetto." While it serves that purpose, hip-hop started as a much broader genre and eventually, after emerging from the wasteland of gangsta, regained part of that potential. Hip-hop can be about anything, as proven and embodied by MC Frontalot, a proud nerd who takes the stage in glasses, tie, and pocket protector to rap about webcomics, computer games, blogs, and picking up girls at Star Wars conventions. MC Frontalot was born...
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Nerdcore Rising, MC Frontalot
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music
  • Released: Sep 01, 2005

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